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UTAR Student Awards 2018/2019 


Winners of Best Student Leader Award, Best Society Award and Sportsperson of the Year winners have emerged!! Congratulations to the award's recipients!



Best Student Leader Award

Kwa Eng Keat
(Sungai Long Campus)

Sportsperson of the Year

Eric Sew Ching Onn
(Kampar Campus)


Best Society Award 

[Course Based]
UTAR Medical and Health Sciences Society (MHSS) 
(Sungai Long Campus)


[Non-Course Based]
UTAR Wushu Club
(Sungai Long Campus)



Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

29 May 2019


 DRESSTAL Creativity Short Video Clip Contest


Dear UTAR Students, 

You may stand a chance to win RM1000 cash and a trip to Krabi worth RM1000 by participating in a creative short video clip contest organized by Dresstal Sdn Bhd as follows: 



Contest: DRESSTAL Creativity Short Video Clip Contest 
Theme: 'Dress is an Asset' 
Contest Period: 20 June - 31 August 2019 
Registration Fee: FREE 
Registration Link Form: 

(Registration deadline for valid entry by 31 July 2019) 


Please refer to the attachments for the details of the Rules and Regulations and Prizes. 

For more information, please contact Ms Bu Suet Kei at 011-36384174 or email . 

Thank you. 

Department of Student Affairs 
Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses 
09 July 2019 




STAR Youth Entrepreneur Competition 2019


Dear UTAR Students, 

Stellavingze International Sdn Bhd invites you to participate in the following competition: 

Competition: STAR Youth Entrepreneur Competition 2019 
Deadline: 27 August 2019 
Registration form Link: 

This competition only opens for Malaysians aged 20-30 years old. 

Please refer to the attachments for more information. The completed registration form , ideas and projects proposal must be emailed to before 27th August 2019. 


SYE Competitiion 2019


Thank you. 

Department of Student affairs 
Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

09 July 2019





Dear UTAR Students,


 The Waste Management Association of Malaysia (WMAM) invite UTAR’s students to attend the following conference:



Conference: WMAM Annual Conference 2019

Date: 31 July 2019, 8.30am-5.30pm

           1 August 2019, 9.00am-2.00pm

Venue: Royale Chulan Hotel, Damansara

Registration Deadline: 17th July 2019

Fee: RM400 per pax

Website link:


Please refer to the attachments for the brochure, tentative programme, speakers profile and registration form.


Speaker Profile

Tentative Programme

Registration Form


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

28 June 2019


Pertandingan Video pendek sempena Sambutan Minggu Perpaduan Peringkat Kebangsaan 2019


Dear UTAR Students,

In conjunction with Program Sambutan Minggu Perpaduan Peringkat Kebangsaan, Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Intergrasi Nasional (PERPADUAN) invites you to participate in its short video competition.

The details of the competition are as follows:



Competition: Pertandingan Video pendek sempena Sambutan Minggu Perpaduan Peringkat Kebangsaan 2019

Category: Short Video

Theme: Kepelbagaian Kaum Penyatuan Bangsa

Registration Deadline: 10 July 2019, Thursday


Please refer to the attachments for rules and regulation. The completed registration form must be emailed to /


Registration Form

Terms and Condition


For more information, please contact the secretariat team as follows:

i)                    Helmy (017-3977215)

ii)                   Anzar (016-3872636)

iii)                 Rizal (019-2215421)


Thank you.



Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai long Campuses

28 June 2019



Dear UTAR Students,

Institut Perguruan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) together with non-government agencies (Persatuan Pengakap Malaysia, Kifubon Malaysia and Kind Malaysia ) invites all of you to join its pioneer Music Festival this year.

The details of the programme  are as follows:

Programme: Music Festival, The Seeds of Kindness

Date: 19 October 2019 , Saturday

Venue: Plenary Hall,KLCC

Registration Online:


Payment Details:-

Name of bank                      :  CIMB
Payable to                            :  Navagon Digital Sdn Bhd
Account number                 :  8007961114
Details of payment              :  Music festival, The Seeds of Kindness

Please refer to the attachments for rules and regulation.

 Rules and Regulation


For more information, please contact the secretariat team as follows:
(i) YBrs. Dr. Rajeswari a/p Vellu Pillai
Tel.No : 012 - 6129760

(ii) Puan Hasniza Binti Abdul Bahar
Tel.No : 012 - 5557367

Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

28 June 2019


International Cultural Program 2019 at Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia


Dear UTAR Students,

Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia invites all of you to join its 9 Days 8 Nights (9D8N) annual cultural camp with details as follows:


Programme: International Cultural Programme 2019

Theme: Maritime Culture in Indonesia: Marine Resilience and Historical Perspective

Date: 12 to 20 August 2019

Venue: Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Fee: Tuitoin fees, Meals, Accommodation are free of charge. Students only need to prepare their own flight ticket, visa and travel insurances to Makassar, Indonesia.

Online Registration Link: (Deadline 15 July 2019)


Please email the screenshot image of your completed online registration to Puan Intan Azfar at



For more information about this programme, feel free to email


Thank you.



Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

28 June 2019



Recruitment of UTAR Green Campus Ambassadors




UTAR Green Campus Committee (Sungai Long Campus) is looking for ten (10) candidates to be UTAR Green Campus Ambassadors who think twice of the impact that their actions will have on the natural environment, know that water is precious that not one drop goes to waste and embrace the benefits of technology, while remain wary of the effects of over-consumption of the ecosystem. Most importantly, the Ambassadors inspire others to do the same and advocate that small changes in our behaviour can have a huge impact on our planet.


You could be the one we are looking for if you:

a. Are a full-time 2nd year undergraduate students with at least CGPA of 2.75          from the previous two trimesters;

b. Have concerns about climate change and environment deprivation issues;

c. Are committed to and passionate in inspiring others to do the same and              advocate that a small change in behaviour can have a huge impact on our          planet;

d. Have past experience in environmental related volunteering activities which        will be an added advantage; and

e. Possess good communication and presentation skills.


You can register through the link:

Interview session will be conducted for those shortlisted candidates. Successful applicants will be given detailed orientation, briefing sessions and relevant training or workshop as well as involved in the program focusing on experiential learning, partnership with communities and eco-literacy.


For more information, please contact Mr Chow Keng Fatt at 03-9086 0288 ext. 830 or email at


Department of Student Affairs and UTAR Green Campus Committee,

Sungai Long Campus    

10 June 2019


Recycling Collection Activity at KB Block  


Dear Staff and Students,


Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association in collaboration with Department of Student Affairs (DSA) Sungai Long Campus is organizing a recycling collection activity at KB Block with the following details:


Date: 11 July 2018, Wednesday

Time: 5.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Location: Sub Basement car park loading area, SB Floor, KB Block


The co-organizers are collecting recyclables listed as follows:


List of Recyclables

Types of Recyclables


Plastic Items

Plastic bottles, Carbonated Drinks Bottles, Shampoo Bottles, Plastic Containers, Plastic Jar

Glass Items

Glass Bottles, Glass Containers, Glass Jar

Aluminium Cans

Carbonated Drinks Cans

Metal Cans

Biscuit Tins, Tin Cans


Notes, Used papers, Magazines, Newspaper, Books, Flyers, Posters, Cardboards, Paper Boxes

Electronic Products

Electronic Iron, Rice cooker, Hair Dryer, Extension Cord


Wearable Clothes

3C Products

Computers, Smartphone, Mouse, Keyboards, Remote Controls, Television, Radio


Used Screws, Nails, Metal Wires, Keys


Packaging for Paper Packaging Drinks, Umbrella, Usable Toys, Any Reusable Items


You are welcomed to bring the separated recyclables to the collection point.




1. We do not accept the following items as they are non-recyclables:

    - All kinds of batteries;

    - Broken bags and shoes; and

- Broken glasses (for safety reason).


2. All recyclables are to be cleaned and properly arranged.


3. Kindly discard any food and liquid waste from the recyclables.


Everyone is also encouraged to place the separated recyclables from classes and offices at the nearby designated recycle bins. The recycling team will collect the recyclables after the office hours.


For details and assistance, kindly contact:

 i.   Student 1 - Lim Miin Ming (018-363 2826) 

        ii.   Student 2 - Yap Jia Luok (012-698 6421) 

  1.  DSA - Mr Chow Keng Fatt (03-9086 0288 ext. 830) 


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus    

3 June 2019





Orientation Programme May 2019 Intake 


Dear Freshmen,


Welcome to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman! You are strongly encouraged to participate fully in the Orientation Programme to get familiarised with the University, make new friends and hopefully to experience a fulfilling study experience with us until you graduate.


The updated Info Sheet / Schedule is available here. Also, do not forget to read through the UTAR Student E-Handbook as it contains important information useful throughout your studies here. For more information on the programme, do approach DSA for any queries.


We wish you all the best and see you soon!



The Legacy of P Ramlee National Drama Competition


Dear UTAR Students,


INTI International University invites UTAR students to participate in the following inaugural inter-university drama competition:


Competition: The Legacy of P. Ramlee - National Drama Competition 2019

Date: 20 July 2019, Saturday

Time: 5.00 pm - 11.00 pm

Venue: Tan Yew Sing Multipurpose Hall, INTI Nilai, Negeri Sembilan


Registration Fee: RM150.00 for a team of 15-20 pax payable to Kong Wan Syuen (CIMB Bank-7060729079) - inclusive of dinner, activities and prizes for the top 3 winners

Registration Deadline: 20 May 2019, Monday (together with payment)

Registration Link:


For further information, either of the following can be contacted:


NTI IU Glee Club: email: 

Ms. Kong Wan Syuen: +6012-6243668, email:

Ms. Revathi Manimaran: +60 18-987 5571 , email:



Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Kampar and Sungai Long Campuses

 07 May 2019



Dear students,
The Department of Student Affairs Sungai Long Campus (DSA SL) is organising a study tour to Guilin University of Technology, China. The details of the study tour are as follows: 
a) January Trimester:- 12 May 2019 to 19 May 2019, and
b) May Trimester:- 22 September 2019 to 30 September 2019
Students may claim USSDC points or Credit Transfer on unit USSC1182 Study Soft Skills / Life Skills Abroad / MPU34062 Study Soft Skills / Life Skills Abroad.
Kindly click the link below for registration:- 
Application Deadline: 
a) January Trimester:- 30 March 2019
b) May Trimester:- 31 July 2019
For inquiry, please contact:
Phone - 03-9086 0288 Ext. 823/824

You may also walk-in to DSA SL office for more information.

The itinerary of the study tour is as follows:
We look forward to your participation.
Thank you.
Department of Student Affairs
Sungai Long Campus


8 February 2019




Dear UTAR Students and Staff Members,


An alternative parking area at Jalan Bendahara, Bandar Mahkota Cheras (opposite Taman Mahkota Mutiara / next door to the i-Residence and shop lots) is available exclusively for UTAR students and staff members



Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 
6.00am to 8.00pm 
Parking Fee : RM1.00 per entry 
Regulations : Overnight parking is prohibited


Effective from 14 January 2019, free shuttle services to and from the car park to UTAR will be provided to UTAR students and staff.

For schedules and routes for Bandar Mahkota Cheras 3 & 4 Buses and Shuttle Service, please visit


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs 
Sungai Long Campus

4 January 2019




Change of MRT Bus Route: from Batu 11 to Bukit Dukung Station


Dear Staff Members and Students,


Effective 6 January 2019 (Sunday), the MRT Batu 11 Cheras – UTAR Bus service route is changed to MRT Bukit Dukung Station – UTAR Bus service route to cater UTAR staff members and students.


UTAR Bus Route 6: MRT Bukit Dukung



For update on the bus schedule, please visit:


All staff members and students are reminded to display their UTAR ID when boarding the buses and when presenting the bus tickets to the bus driver or when scanning the QR code for payment via Social Wallet app.


Public transportation is also available for convenience where MRT Feeder Bus T453 caters the journey to and fro MRT Bukit Dukung Station and Bandar Sungai Long.


MRT Bukit Dukung Feeder Bus T453 Route



Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus

14 December 2018




SRC Election Result 2018-2019 (SL Campus)



Congratulations to the SRC 2018/2019!



28 June 2018 



TCM Summer Tour


English Version





13 June 2018





Congratulations! UTAR is now ranked #99 in the 2018 THE Asia University Rankings
14 May 2018




UTAR is now ranked #101-150 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2017 as announced on 5 April 2017.


THE Young University Rankings, previously known as the THE 150 Under 50 Rankings, is a ranking of world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old. The Rankings apply the same performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings, with young universities measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and knowledge transfer. However, the methodology has been carefully recalibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.



UTAR is ranked =14 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017: Millennial universities.


Times Higher Education created three subset rankings as part of the THE 2017 Young University Rankings. They are Generation X universities (established between 1967 and 1985), Generation Y universities (established between 1986 and 1999) and Millennials (established between 2000 and the present day). Each of these subsets were filtered from Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings and the rankings were determined through the same methodology used for the World University Rankings with weightings recalibrated to reflect the mission of young universities. Millennial universities are the youngest of the bunch and the strongest age group when it comes to producing internationally co-authored research.


For information on the rankings, please visit Times Higher Education at:



10 April 2017



 A Tip Not to Be Ignored When Renting Rooms


Dear Students and Staff,


There are landlords and house agents who may have made many partitioned cubicles (rooms) in their apartments and choose to rent these partitioned rooms especially to students. Landlords put up partitioned cubicles (rooms) to maximize their income.


Please note that Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKj) and the Housing Association Committee may not approve such partitioned cubicles (rooms). 


These partitions may be illegal if no prior approval has been obtained from the municipal and it may be a fire hazard due to poor electric wiring. The air circulation may not be good either due to some of these rooms not having any windows.


The Housing Association Committee (probably with the Municipality intervention) may get the landlord to demolish these partitions and the students of such rooms may risk being evicted. 


Any feedback or complaint of suspicious/illegal partitioned rooms can be made through MPKj’se-Aduan (


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long and Kampar Campuses

13 October 2017



Benefits of MRT


Dear Staff Members and Students,


Effective 17 July 2017 (Monday), MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) line will commence its operation as a travelling facility for everyone.


The Benefits of MRT


  • It provides efficient mobility to the users.
  • It transports 20,000 passengers per hour per day, which are approximately 400,000 passengers per day.
  • It serves as a corridor to link homes of the populations with their destinations in the city.
  • The train operates from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight from Monday to Friday, and from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (please take note that the stations closing time may vary from one station to another).
  • Fares:
  •    50% discount when travelling between 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. on weekdays.

-  Concession cards for trains:

  • 50% discount on fares will be given to students. This concession fares can only be purchased at the Customer Service Office at all stations. The purchaser needs to show their student card to get the discount fares. The purchaser will be issued with a concession red token.

-   Concession cards for feeder buses:

  • 50% discount on fares will be given to students. Students are required to present student card (if not in school uniform) to the bus captain when boarding the bus.


Feeder Bus Information

Normal Fare

RM 1.00 per trip

Concession Fare

RM0.50 per trip

First Bus


Last Bus



10 minutes – 15 minutes



Concession cards information can be accessed via




        Sample of MRT Concession Card for Students




  • MRT Feeder Bus T453 will cater the journey to and from Bukit Dukung MRT Station and Bandar Sungai Long.





MRT Bukit Dukung Feeder Bus T453 Route


For more details about MRT, please visit its website at:


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

14 July 2017


Centralisation of UTAR Sungai Long's Shuttle Buses Pick-Up and Drop-Off Point


Dear Staff and Students, 

Please take note that the pick-up and drop off points from UTAR Sungai Long Campus will be centralised effective 1 June 2017 where the bus stop location in front of North Lobby, KA Block will no longer be in service. 

The only pick-up and drop-off point from UTAR Sungai Long Campus that caters the UTAR shuttle buses serving the areas of Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Bandar Sungai Long and Serdang KTM Station will be beside KB Block (facing the Sungai Long Medical Centre) only.

All students are reminded: 
1. To check the destination sign displayed on the bus's windshield before boarding 
2. To display their UTAR student ID when boarding the buses and when presenting the bus tickets to the bus driver 

Thank you. 

Department of Student Affairs 
Sungai Long Campus

30 May 2017



UTAR Students to display Student ID card in UTAR Premises

Dear UTAR Students,


UTAR Students are requested to wear/ display their student ID at all times while in UTAR's premises. Students who are not seen wearing their Student ID, will be subjected to the following:


1st Offence : Verbal warning by the Department of Safety and Security 
2nd Offence : Student will be issued a 1st warning letter 
3rd Offence : Student will be issued a 2nd warning letter 
4th Offence : Student will be subjected to a Student Disciplinary Hearing


Thank you

Department of Student Affairs
Sungai Long Campus

02 September 2016



 Outbound Student Programmes One Stop Center


25 August 2016



Bus Tickets at a 15% discount for UTAR Staff and Students.


Dear Staff and Students,


CatchThatBus is an online platform for sale and distribution of bus tickets to more than 500 destinations in Malaysia and Singapore, with over 500,000 tickets sold since 2014. UTAR Staff and students are entitled to 15% discount when you purchase bus tickets. The code for the discount is UTAR15.


The discount code is sponsored by CatchThe Bus for purchasing bus tickets to over 500 destination available on CatchTheBus web and mobile applications.


  • Cheaper tickets when purchasing personal travel
  • Safe and hassle free
  • Easy look-up of schedules, time-tables and prices
  • No more queueing!
  • Easy purchased from mobile


For further information, you may email Mr Puven Sangaran at  or contact him +6016 640 6978 or Mr Ashwin Jeyapalasingam at or contact him at +6012 2803664


CatchThatBus Sdn. Bhd. 
No.13A-1, Level 13A, Menara Vista Sentral,150 Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad,50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, MALAYSIA


Thank you.

Department of Student Affairs

Sg Long and Kampar Campuses

18 April 2016




Recruiting ePaper Student Ambassadors


Dear UTAR Students,


The Star Media Group Berhad has been at the forefront to promote the cause of education in the country, especially with regard the use of the English Language. They strongly believe that a good command of the English Language is the passport to a brighter future and it all begins at the school level.


The Star is continuously looking after younger generation to cater them for better growth and career development with enhanced spoken and written English language and equipped them with skills to meet the ever-demanding rat race world.


Therefore, The Star would like to seek those undergraduates who are interested to be with them, student ambassadors to gear themselves by introducing to the fellow colleagues in the Campus the goodness of the language as young subscribers particularly with the digital version as it is available 24-7. 


As a reward, The Star compensates the student ambassador for their effort and there are limited spots available only.


Kindly fill up the attached Student Ambassador Application form if you are interested. Please do not hesitate to call Mr Alvin Liew for more information.


Alvin Liew K.T.

Assistant Manager, Audience Management (Digital)


019-210-0319/ 012-608-0319 /


Thank you 

Department of Student Affairs
UTAR Sungai Long Campus




Title: UTAR's  Shuttle Bus Pick Up and Drop Off Points
Dear Staff and Students,
Please be informed that with effect from Monday 1st February 2016, UTAR shuttle buses will have different pick up and drop off points for different areas:
There would be two Pick-Up & Drop Off Points from UTAR Sg Long Campus:
Pick Up and Drop Off Point One
Location:  Bus Stop in front of North Lobby, KA Block
Pick Up/ Drop Off for:  UTAR Shuttle Bus serving Bandar Sungai Long areas only
Number of buses: 3 
Pick Up and Drop Off Point Two
Location:  Bus Stop at the side of KB Block (Opposite the Sungai Long Medical Center)
Pick Up/ Drop Off for: UTAR Shuttle Bus serving Bandar Mahkota Cheras areas and Serdang KTM Station only
Number of buses: 4 
All students are reminded to wear their UTAR Student ID and UTAR Student Lanyard at all times in the university and when on the buses. Students without the proper ID would need to go to all MAIN Security guards entrances/exits for registration purposes.
Thank you
Department of Student Affairs
Sg Long Campus
3 February 2016




Dear Staff and Students,


Please note that with effect from Tuesday 1st September 2015, please be reminded not to park along the yellow lines just outside UTAR’s KA & KB Blocks. MPKj will start to issue summonses between RM50 – RM100/-. If you do not remove your car within minutes after receiving the summons, your car will be towed away. To get your car back, you will need to pay RM300/- for the fine.


It would be advisable to car-pool with your friends or take the public transport/ UTAR bus. If you do not wish to car-pool or take the public transport, there is an open air parking just outside UTAR at RM1/- per entry.


All staff and students are reminded NOT to park indiscriminately and to obstruct any entrances / exits at car-parks, shop-lots, buildings and private residential homes. 

Please be mindful of the Sg Long community when parking your vehicles.


Thank you.


Department of Student Affairs

Sungai Long Campus

20 August 2015




Location: KA Block, Ground Floor
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday  8.30 am to 5.00 pm
                             Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (Closed on Saturdays during semester break)
Closed On: Sundays and Public Holidays
Contact Person: Bookshop Manager-Ms. Chai (012-2755115)
                              Marketing Executive-Mr. Lee  (017-3342522)
                              Main Office - Ms. Foong (03-90587093)
Types of Books: All Student price Textbooks.
We also have all sorts of stationeries.
Students may also order books that are not available at the bookshop.
Thank you and best regards,
See below for photos of the bookshop

25 June 2015


Living with a Resident Landlord

There is no such thing as a typical resident landlord. Some are young professionals or recent graduates, others are middle aged couples and some are retired. Some have young families, whilst others have children who have grown up and left home.

Although, most students' first preference would probably be to share with other students, it is worth considering the advantages of this arrangement as well as the disadvantages.

The advantages include:


  1. Generally slightly cheaper (although this is not always the case) and bills are often included in the rent.
  2. Usually kept in good repair (owner occupied properties are generally kept in better repair than rented properties).
  3. Good availability, these offers are sometimes the only way that a student can find a property in a central location.

The disadvantages are:


  1. It's not your home and if you fall out with your landlord/landlady, you will usually have no option but to find somewhere else to live.
  2. You will often have less freedom to bring home friends or guests and this could leave you feeling isolated. In addition, you are living by someone else’s rules regarding playing music, using the washing machine etc


Living with friends

Compatability quiz

There are many people whose company you can enjoy with but who you would not enjoy living with. Successfully sharing a house with someone requires a completely different set of skills from enjoying a good night out with them or even living in the same corridor in a College or University residence. To illustrate this, try answering the following quiz:

1. Which of the following most typifies your attitude to tidiness?

a)  It’s important that everyone (ie housework schedules)

b)  So long as the washing up is done, I can live with some clutter.

c)  Can’t say that tidiness has ever been hugely important to me.


2.  Which of the following most typifies your attitude to noise?

a)  I’m here to study and need peace and quiet to do this.

b)  So long as you turn down the music when I need to get to sleep I’m easy going.

c)  I want to live in a party house. I can put up with your noise, if you can put up with mine.


3. What time do you usually go to sleep?

 a)  I have a lot of early starts and so I’m usually asleep by 11pm.

 b)  If I’ve got a deadline to meet I can sometimes stay up all night but usually I’m asleep anytime between 12pm and    


 c) I’m a part-time vampire and do not appreciate the benefits of daylight.

     If you answered mostly As, you should not consider living with Cs. You will almost certainly begin to fight at some stage.

     This is not to say that As are more reasonable than Cs, it just means that you have different perspectives.

Other points to consider

  • Friends staying overnight, and longer periods—if the flat is for four, how will you feel when you are forced into sharing with six or seven?
  • Do you all have a comparable income? Tensions can occur when some of the group can go clubbing a lot and one or more of the group can barely afford to eat.
  • Are you all in agreement on the length of the lease, even if it is 12 months? What happens if some from the group leave at the end of 9 months—who pays the rent for the rest of the tenancy?

Before you take the decision to form a group to go house-hunting, you should have a frank discussion about all your expectations in these areas and make sure you have similar views; otherwise you could find yourself with problems later in the year.

Spending time discussing these matters now will avoid small individual irritations or big problems building up into irretrievable situations, and you will still be friends at the end of your tenancy!


How many people to share with?


In large households there is usually a problem with tidiness.

In general the more people you share with, the cheaper it is. Therefore, someone living in a two bed flat will pay more for their room than someone living in an equivalent (area and quality) four bed house. However, once you go beyond four, there are no additional savings to be made. Properties with five or more tenants may need to be licensed and the landlord may pass the costs of this onto the tenants.


Mice - cute and furry? Or disease-spreading menaces?
Another reason why smaller groups are often a better idea is that when you have large groups renting (i.e. five or more) the state of cleanliness in the house or flat will almost inevitably deteriorate.

Once you have done other people's washing up two or three times, you are likely to do what everyone else in the house is doing i.e. pick out the items you need from the festering mess in the sink, wash them up, use them and then replace them back into the rancid pile of dirty pots, pans and plates.

If the house does descend into this kind of mess during the tenancy, you are also likely to have a problem with mice. Mice are an epidemic and need very little encouragement to invade your house.

Can you live with this?

Department of Student Affairs

 29 June 2014




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